Want to eat more sustainably? Try flat-pack pasta

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The flat pasta morphs into iconic pasta shapes when cooked. Flat-packed noodles that form iconic pasta shapes when cooked could lead to more sustainable packaging, transportation, and storage, according to research. “We were inspired by flat-packed furniture and how it saved space, made storage easier, and reduced the carbon footprint associated with transportation.” Cutting packaging and food waste will be a vital part of a more sustainable future. Flat packed noodles that form iconic pasta shapes when cooked could lead to more sustainable packaging, transportation, and storage. To make the transformation, researchers impressed tiny grooves into flat pasta dough—made of only semolina flour and water—in patterns that cause it to morph into tubes of penne and rigatoni, spirals of fusilli and rotini, and other twists and waves when cooked. The morphed pasta looks, feels and, most importantly, tastes like traditional pasta, opening new possibilities for food design and allowing for flat-packed pasta that would cut back on packaging , save space in storage and transportation, and possibly reduce the time and energy needed for cooking. “We were inspired by flat-packed furniture and how it saved space, made storage easier, and reduced the carbon footprint associated with transportation,” says Lining […]

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